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Baden-Württemberg funds innovative ideas in biotechnology and medical technology

The Baden-Württemberg government is planning to exploit the enormous research potential in the fields of biotechnology and medical technology even better than in the past. As part of this objective, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts launched an idea competition for which a jury has now selected 42 winning projects. The winners are now being given the opportunity to test their ideas in feasibility studies. The Ministry has set aside 2.1 million euros for this purpose.

Prof. Dr. Peter Frankenberg, Science Minister from 2001 to 2011 © MWK Baden-Württemberg

"In the field of science, we have to be daring if we want to move forward in a significant way. The idea competition is designed to fund original and interesting ideas where a successful outcome cannot be taken for granted. The high growth fields of biotechnological and medical technological research are particularly suited for such a competition as they are the strongest and most innovative research areas in Baden-Württemberg," said Frankenberg.

The 42 project groups from the fields of synthetic biology, bioprocess engineering, molecular bionics and medical technology have now been tasked by the jury to prepare full funding proposals. "The funds will be invested in project ideas that would otherwise not have been taken any further. Our overall aim is to pave the way for new findings and innovations," said Frankenberg.

Funding will be granted to ten project ideas in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, eight projects in the Karlsruhe region, six projects in Freiburg, five in Stuttgart, four each in Ulm and Tuttlingen, three in Tübingen/Reutlingen and two in Heilbronn. The selected ideas range from new strategies in the prevention of caries, for example using microorganisms, the production of a synthetically modified secondary messenger substance for the treatment of cancer, stents made of zinc that dissolve after a certain period of time, the non-invasive measurement of the blood glucose level and special contact lenses. Funding will be given to 23 projects in the field of medical technology, seven projects in the field of synthetic biology and six projects each in the fields of bioprocess engineering and molecular bionics.

Frankenberg was delighted with the large number of ideas submitted by Baden-Württemberg researchers, and he pointed out that the large number of  applicants (120 in total) by far exceeded the ministry's expectations. Frankenberg went on to add that this figure is a reflection of the high level of creativity among Baden-Württemberg researchers. He was also pleased with the large number of small- and medium-sized companies that participated in the competition either by submitting own applications or partnering with scientific research institutions.

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